Author Archives: Joel D. Hirst

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).

“Spycatcher” – A Novel

I stumbled upon Oreste Pinto’s work “Spycatcher” in an old used book shop in a quiet park in one of the former Soviet republics. The edition I purchased was printed in Moscow in 1970 and at the end contained fifty … Continue reading

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – A Book Review

What is the difference between madness and genius? Folly and adventure? A sociopath or a revenge seeker? What is a legitimate response to a grief observed and felt and experienced; the kind that ravages the soul? And what happens when … Continue reading

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Immigration and Reason

So we’re in for another day of craziness, of hysteria. Of a certain segment of society using every moniker, insult, and hyperbolic logical fallacy (read my post about that here, for it is important that we know how to use … Continue reading

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To Meet Again One Day – A Poem

At first they came in happy fright; Those soldiers seeking for the night; The darkness always hid the fight; They knew for moment things were right; But something happened not awaited; For them that night was quite ill fated; Rest, … Continue reading

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“In Defense of Freedom” by Meyer

“Freedom”. Hollywood movies have made it melodramatic; politicians, a punchline at the end of a bad speech; and the cognitive dissonance whereby the word falls so easily from the lips of those who would enslave us has made it almost … Continue reading

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Peter Green and the Unliving Academy – A Book Review

“I’m really anxious to find out what happens when we die,” my little boy told me the other day, causing me quite a start. “No,” I answered gingerly, “that’s a long ways away. I’m curious what you’re going to do … Continue reading

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The Limitlessness of our Discontent

We have at long last arrived at the limitlessness of our discontent. That peculiar period of empire when the expansion knows no bounds and the shape of our resolve acquires a formlessness for never having to retrench and a softness … Continue reading

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